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Sugar Ants Explained (with Photos) + DIY Removal Instructions

Posted By planetnatural on Home - As their name suggests, sugar ants have a particular affinity for sweet substances, and their organized foraging behavior and social structure make them a fascinating species to observe.  Sugar ant is a term used to describe many ant species that all share their love of sugar. Sugar ants enter your home in search of sweet and sugary food. They eat baked goods, fruits, raw sugar, sweets, and honeydew from aphids.  Little black ants, pavement ants, carpenter ants, and ghost ants are some of the insects that fall into the sugar ant category.  How Can You Spot Sugar Ants? Since there are several types of sugar ants, they vary in size and color. But they range from 1-13 mm and can have brown, reddish-brown, black, white, or even yellow bodies. They tend to have a tiny waist, large blackheads, and a rusty brownish middle. Sugar ants are often spotted in kitchens (especially on kitchen counters), sinks, cabinets, and sometimes outdoors under rocks and logs. Types of Sugar Ants There are over a hundred different species of ants worldwide, with a small portion feeding on sugary foods. The term sugar ant in America is a colloquial term used to identify several species... Read more
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How Long Does It Take To Propagate Pothos? (How To Speed Up Root Growth!)

Posted By Davin on Home - Propagating Pothos plants is an easy job that anyone can do. You only need a mother plant, shears or scissors, and a jar to propagate. Pothos, known as ‘Devil’s Ivy,’ can be propagated through stem cuttings. But propagating houseplants can surely test your patience. If you check your cuttings daily, eagerly waiting for roots to ... Read more

These Natural Egg Dyes Will Bring Even More Magic to Your Easter Eggs

Posted By Davin on Home - Dyeing your Easter eggs naturally is the best way to make this fun Easter tradition environmentally friendly as well as conducive to a clean eating lifestyle. Dyes and chemicals are something I avoid in my life, so why would dyeing eggs be any different?  With Easter so close to Earth day this is a great ... Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Red Creeping Thyme

Posted By planetnatural on Home - Red creeping thyme (Thymus praecox) spreads quickly to make a lush carpet of small leaves and bright blooms! When touched or crushed, the soft green foliage releases an aromatic scent. In early summer, hundreds of bright pink and red flowers bloom, enhancing the already pleasant aroma. Butterflies and bees are drawn to the flowers because of the nectar they produce. Red creeping thyme is an excellent low-maintenance addition to any garden. As it spreads, it grows densely, crowding out undesirable weeds. Keep reading this article to learn the ins and outs of caring for red creeping thyme so it thrives in your garden. Botanical Name: Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’ Common Name: Red creeping thyme, crimson thyme, mother of thyme Family: Lamiaceae Plant Type: Woody perennial Hardiness Zones: 4 – 9 (USDA) Sun Exposure: Full sun Soil Type: Well-drained, sandy Soil pH: Neutral to alkaline Height: 3 to 6 inches Bloom Time: Summer Flower Color: purple, deep-pink, red Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Red Creeping Thyme Red creeping thyme requires full sun to grow and bloom Plant in well-prepared sandy loam with good drainage Do not overwater and allow it to dry between waterings Frequent pruning is essential to maintain this stunning ground cover... Read more
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Devil’s Ivy vs Pothos: Differences & The Truth Revealed

Posted By Davin on Home - Get ready to discover why pothos plants have become a household favorite! These easy-to-care-for houseplants add a touch of color to any room and can help purify the air of chemicals like xylene and benzene.  Pothos plants come in several varieties, all with medium-sized, heart-shaped leaves that can be a solid green or speckled with ... Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Alocasia Black Velvet – Full Guide

Posted By planetnatural on Home - The Alocasia Black Velvet, common name Black Velvet Elephant Ear, is becoming increasingly popular as an indoor plant due to its remarkable visual appeal.  This plant, botanical name Alocasia Reginula, is a rare dwarf variety highly sought after for its velvety leaves and deep green coloration. It grows slowly and remains compact, making it an ideal addition to any indoor garden or houseplant collection. Botanical Name: Alocasia Reginula Common Name: Alocasia Black Velvet, Black Velvet Elephant Ear Family: Araceae Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial Hardiness Zones: 10+ (USDA) Sun Exposure: Bright indirect light, outdoor shade Soil Type: Loose, well-draining potting mix Soil pH: 5.5 – 6.5 (Slightly acidic) Height: 1.5 ft Bloom Time: Spring and summer, unlikely to flower indoors Flower Color: White Native Area: Southeast Asia What’s an Alocasia Black Velvet This Alocasia is one of several species native to Southeast Asia, with this plant likely coming from Borneo’s jungle.  English plant collectors gathered the Black Velvet Alocasia and its relatives during the 1860s, who scoured different jungles around the world looking for orchids and houseplants. Often referred to as jewel Alocasias (because it is considered a small gem) or Little Queen, the Black Velvet Alocasia belongs to the Araceae family of tropical origin.  It is an... Read more
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5 Simple Ways to Bring the Beauty of Spring into Your Home

Posted By Davin on Home - Spring is a beautiful season and one that many people look forward to. As the weather starts to warm up, we see buds forming on the trees and daffodils popping up in our yards.  It’s a time of hope and new beginnings. But how can you bring that feeling of spring into your home? We’ll ... Read more

Wandering Jew: Complete Plant Care and Growing Guide

Posted By planetnatural on Home - Wandering Jew makes for some beautiful houseplants that are sure to brighten up any room in your home. Contrary to popular belief, Wandering Jew is not a single plant, but rather the common name for a variety of Tradescantia species. The Tradescantia genus contains 75 herbaceous perennials that are collectively known as wandering jew, or wandering dude. Among these are the well-liked houseplants Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Quicksilver’, Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’, and Tradescantia zebrina ‘Tricolor’, each of which is known by a variety of different common names. Regardless of which particular variety piques your interest, each of these species is hardy, grows quickly, and requires little care and attention. The plant care instructions are the same for all three common types as well. These plants look particularly striking in hanging planters or in any area of your space that could use a splash of color because their eye-catching colorful foliage will trail, spread, or climb. However, some members of the Tradescantia family are toxic to pets, so keep them away from your furry loved ones. Interestingly, wandering jew is considered invasive in many parts of the world when grown outdoors, but its vining habit makes it ideal for the indoors. Read... Read more
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Plant Showdown: The Manjula Pothos vs Marble Queen Pothos

Posted By Davin on Home - Manjula Pothos and Marble Queen Pothos belong to the Epipremnum Aureum species and family Araceae. Their unique leaf patterns and low-maintenance care requirements make them very popular.  While their appearance differs, both varieties are adaptable and easy to grow. That makes them suitable for plant lovers of all experience levels.  We will compare two beloved types – ... Read more

6 Fact-Checked Pothos Plant Benefits & 1 Unknown Danger

Posted By Davin on Home - Also known as Devil’s ivy, pothos are low-maintenance plants that will thrive in a variety of conditions while requiring minimal upkeep. In other words: you don’t need a green thumb to enjoy the benefits of pothos plants.  Explained: 6 Pothos Plant Benefits Here’s a list of the top pothos plant benefits from filtering air, being ... Read more

Silvery Ann vs Satin Pothos: Truth Revealed & Differences

Posted By Davin on Home - The Scindapsus pictus is currently the hottest plant in town! And it’s no surprise why – this plant offers a variety of patterns and classic green and silver colors. But, let’s talk about the differences between Silvery Ann vs Satin Scindapsus pictus. What sets them apart are their leaves. Silvery Ann has more variegated leaves than Satin, which has a ... Read more

White Sport Golden Pothos: What It Is & Complete Care Guide

Posted By Davin on Home - If you’re a plant enthusiast, you may have come across the term “White Sport” in the world of Pothos plants. Interestingly, White Sport is not a distinct cultivar of Pothos but rather a result of a partial mutation that leads to white variegation on the leaves. The most common type is the “White Sport Golden ... Read more

The 5 Spaghetti Squash Growing Stages Explained + Grow Tips

Posted By Davin on Home - Are you looking for a healthy and easy-to-grow alternative to traditional pasta? Look no further than spaghetti squash! With its unique pumpkin-like appearance and noodle-like texture, this winter squash is a tasty and nutritious addition to any meal. But how do you grow spaghetti squash at home? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ll take ... Read more

Pothos Toxicity: The Real Risks of These Poisonous Plants

Posted By Davin on Home - Pothos, or its scientific name Epipremnum aureum, is a stunning evergreen flowering plant from the Arum family. Its native habitat is the tropical island of Mo’orea in French Polynesia, but it can be found in many other areas worldwide. Features waxy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves with white, yellow, or cream speckles. Its beauty and resilience make ... Read more

10 Worst Plants to Grow: These Will Test Your Patience & Sanity

Posted By Davin on Home - Have you had terrible luck attempting to care for a plant? You’ve got company. After someone asked Reddit, “What is the worst plant you’ve ever had the displeasure of trying to raise?” These are the top-voted answers for the worst plants to grow.  1. Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, also known as mini monstera, is the ... Read more

Do Pothos Like Coffee Grounds? Answered + Benefits & Dangers

Posted By Davin on Home - Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning is a popular way to start your day. Over 80%¹ of adults drink coffee daily! It boosts energy, raises alertness, and is a great way to get some beneficial antioxidants in your diet! If you’ve ever wondered if you could share this magic potion with your Pothos ... Read more

Do Pothos Need Drainage: The Dangers of No Drainage Holes & Simple Solutions

Posted By Davin on Home - Picture this: You’ve just brought home a stunning pothos plant that will elevate any space it’s placed in. But wait, you’re in a quandary – do you need to pot it in a container with drainage holes or not?  It’s a puzzle that’s plagued many new plant parents, and the opinions are as varied as the ... Read more

Best Pothos Pots: 7 Types & Top Picks for the Perfect Planter

Posted By Davin on Home - Are you having trouble deciding what type of pot to use for your pothos? Well, you are not alone. Choosing the right pot is the key to a thriving plant. However, not all pots are created equal, so different types should be used depending on their use.  Here are some general rules you should follow ... Read more

Top 10 Most Useful Plants for Food, Medicine, and Materials

Posted By Davin on Home - What are the most valuable plants you know for food, medicine, and materials? One of the better-known is the Aloe Vera plant. It has incredible medicinal value. However, after someone asked a popular online forum for other examples of useful plants, these are the top-voted choices you probably have yet to hear of. 1. Moringa ... Read more

Got Mealybugs? Here’s How to Get Rid of Mealbugs For Good!

Posted By Davin on Home - Mealybugs are a common pest found in many homes and gardens. Left untreated, they can cause considerable harm to plants, making them hard to manage. Therefore, understanding the signs of mealybug infestation is vital for proper prevention and treatment.  We’ll provide an overview of what mealybugs are, how they spread, and how you can get ... Read more